The researchers reported on December 1st that more than 70% of patients in the world are infected with the disease, and more than one in 10
The researchers reported on December 1st that more than 70% of patients in the world are infected with the disease, and more than one in 10 patients are required to take antibiotics, which could lead to the emergence of more resistant superbugs.
The study, which involved more than 13 thousand patients, found that infected patients were more likely to die, especially in patients with sepsis. They spend more time in intensive care units, and are costly to hospitals and patients.
One of the biggest concerns, however, is the widespread use of antibiotics in patients who are not infected, a practice that has been shown to lead to antibiotic resistance in patients, that is, ordinary drugs do not work on bacteria.
Dr Vincent of Belgium Brussels Erasmus University Hospital and colleagues in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" (Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA) wrote: "it is important that the increase in the number of patients with sepsis, and the resulting infection deaths are on the rise."
To carry out the study, Vincent's team conducted a survey of 13796 adult patients in the intensive care unit of the 75 countries in May 8, 2007 on the day of the study. The results showed that 51% of patients were infected, and about 71% of patients were taking antibiotics, patients taking antibiotics or as a treatment, or preventing infection. 64% of patients had lung infection, and abdominal and blood infections were more common.
The researchers wrote: "infection and related sepsis are noncardiac ICUs leading cause of death, the mortality rate as high as 60%, the treatment costs accounted for about 40% of the total icu." (source: China News Network)